Transport operator SMRT and the Land Transport Authority are expected to submit their reports to the Committee of Inquiry (COI) early next month, in time for public hearings to begin on April 16, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew yesterday.
The COI has been tasked to look into the Dec 15 and 17 disruptions on the North-South Line which affected 200,000 commuters.
Asked if there are plans to review the whole train system, Mr Lui said he will look at the recommendations of the COI.
He said the COI "is an independent panel, (with) very credible people" and, hence, it is best to "leave it to them to have full autonomy to carry out not only the investigation, but the hearing as well".
Mr Lui also gave an update on the March 15 North-East Line disruption, which affected about 90,000 commuters.
SBS Transit had said then that the incident was caused by a pair of broken stainless-steel cables. Mr Lui said investigations are still ongoing and that the operator has sent the cables for testing, but he has not received any updates.
The lab tests will help the authorities to better understand what happened and to pinpoint any shortcomings that need to be addressed, he added.
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